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St. Andrew's News: Christmas Coffeehouse, Christmas Eve, and more!
December 12, 2020, 10:00 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

 

I hope you'll be tuning in on Saturday evening to our annual Christmas Coffeehouse.  I'll be playing a few tunes, as will Gabriellia and Mark & Bill Cox.  There just may be some surprises in store too.  6:30 pm, bring your own coffee (or other beverage of choice) to your screen and enjoy this long-standing St. Andrew's tradition.

 

On Christmas Eve we will stream two services at 7:30 (Rite II) and 11:00 (Rite I).  We will make pre-consecrated elements available for pickup that afternoon so that you and everyone in your household can receive the Body and Blood during the service.  Stay tuned for details on how we're going to make that work.

 

Fr. Ron will be preaching and celebrating this Sunday, as I am still recovering from minor foot surgery.  I ask your prayers for my recovery and my family's patience through it.

 

Due to the high rates of COVID in the Diocese we are being required to remain in streaming-only mode through January 1st.  On that date we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name at 7:00 pm with Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Hill and their Rector, the Rev. Grey Maggiano.  The Rev. Brandt Montgomery, Chaplain of St. James' School in Hagerstown, will preach.

 

We live stream our Sunday service at 10:00 am via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website.  We continue to stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

 

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community.  We collected $553 for our November Healing Sunday offering, which was given to the food pantry at Pasadena Seventh Day Adventist.  Our December Healing Sunday offering will be given to the Baltimore International Seafarers Center.  You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (a.k.a. Confession) is always available to you, and is especially appropriate during penitential seasons like Lent and Advent.  Bp. Sutton has given permission for us to hear confessions over Zoom (or phone, if you prefer); to arrange a time please contact me directly.

 

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs.  I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

 

--Fr. Jason

 

 

"What is the testimony of Mary?  The testimony of Mary is that even in the shadow of the empire there is a space for hope and that sometimes in that space, God calls us from the shadows to join him in his great work of salvation and liberation.  This liberation, at least as described in Isaiah, might have to pass through suffering and death.  Mary might have been more prophetic than she knew.  However this freedom came, it would arrive at the expense of those who exalted themselves over against the weak and God their champion."

 

--Esau McCaulley



Attachments:

  1. Bulletin 12132020

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